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Grant funds Cummings’ International Veterinary Medicine program

Cummings Foundation, through its grant-making affiliate, OneWorld Boston, has awarded the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine $100,000 to recruit a new faculty member for the school’s International Veterinary Medicine (IVM) program.

A commitment to support at-risk international communities where diseases spread from animals to humans is an integral part of the school’s mission, and is a well-suited match for the philanthropic priorities of Bill Cummings, A58, J97P, M97P, H06, and his wife, Joyce, J97P, M97P.

“The promotion of social equality and justice is among the priorities of OneWorld Boston,” says Joel Swets, executive director for Cummings Foundation. “We recognize that the Cummings School’s global health initiatives have the potential to affect food access and small business development in a positive way, improving health and economic opportunities in unstable areas. We are delighted to support the school in these promising efforts.”

Dean Deborah T. Kochevar says the generous gift will greatly help the school stabilize and expand a signature program of the school. “We are very grateful for this opportunity to enhance the IVM program and Tufts’ entire global health network,” she said. “We look forward to bringing on board an exemplary leader who will not only build the Cummings School program, but who also will collaborate with colleagues at other Tufts schools focusing on solutions in medicine, nutrition, law and diplomacy, and citizenship and public service.”

Founded in 1982, Tufts’ IVM program was unusual then for its breadth of vision, and anticipated the need for veterinarians who are well prepared to address human and animal problems that interrelate to agriculture, cultural and economic realities, and ecosystems.

The program combines a variety of classroom with field-based learning opportunities; student research projects have studied issues as varied as rabies control in Nepal, poultry health in Southern Africa, and avian influenza control in Indonesia.